We’re still awaiting details on new U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ plans for the nation’s public schools, but a report from The Washington Post this week is sure to fire up public education advocates already anxious about the new secretary.
According to the Post‘s Emma Brown, a conservative policy organization with deep ties to DeVos and President Trump’s administration is pushing the pair for some big changes in how the nation administers public schools.
From the Post:
A policy manifesto from an influential conservative group with ties to the Trump administration, including Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, urges the dismantling of the Education Department and bringing God into American classrooms.
The five-page document produced by the Council for National Policy calls for a “restoration of education in America” that would minimize the federal role, promote religious schools and home schooling and enshrine “historic Judeo-Christian principles” as a basis for instruction.
For those unfamiliar with the Council for National Policy, it’s a powerful group of conservatives that, since its founding in 1981, has generally sought to advance Christian right principles.
DeVos’ father-in-law, wealthy GOP benefactor Richard DeVos, is a former president of the group and top Trump aides Stephen Bannon and Kellyanne Conway have both been involved with the council, according to the Post. The report adds that DeVos and her husband have also donated to the organization.
Here’s a Policy Watch examination of what DeVos’ confirmation means for North Carolina public schools. Read more